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Toilet Tussle

Louisiana Sues Feds Over Bathroom Directive, JBE and Landry Feud



The state of Louisiana is part of a lawsuit filed against the Obama administration, positing that a directive allowing transgender students in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity lacks any authority. However, the state government, itself, is embroiled in an internal war over LGBT rights.


Wind in Their Sales

Pirate's Alley Battles to Stay Open



Another French Quarter institution is danger of disappearing amidst a zoning dispute. Locals are rallying to save Pirate’s Alley in advance of a June 11th meeting scheduled to determine the future of the small bar.


All the Fray

The Story Behind LBJ's NOLA Civil Rights Speech



HBO premiered “All the Way,” a small screen adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s TONY award winning play about the early years of LBJ’s presidency and the cicil rights movement. The critically acclaimed film featured proud New Orleans native Anthony Mackie as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the NOLA connections go back some 50 plus years. At the center of the work is a speech delivered by the POTUS in an attempt to curb the Dixiecrat faction.


Eclectic Boogaloo

Bayou Boogaloo Returns This Weekend



Mid City has its own personality and accordingly its own festival. The Bayou Boogaloo, a.k.a. The Little Fest That Could, will be returning this weekend. The banks of the Bayou St. John will once again be lined with tents and stages for one of the city’s best events.


Freedom Fighter

120 Years After SCOTUS Plessy v. Ferguson Decision



120 years ago today (5.18), the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a seven-to-one decision in Plessy versus Ferguson effectively beginning the Jim Crow era. While much has changed in the time since, there is still much work to be done and the descendants of the New Orleans men at the center of the case are leading the charge.


Excellent Elixir

National Chartreuse Day Celebrated



Today is National Chartreuse Day! While the liquer is not a staple in the United States, it enjoys vast popularity in NOLA. Before NoDef’s staff departed to drown themselves in the green sea, we chatted with the guys from CureCo to learn a little about the libation and snag a few recipes. 


Taryn Blume Developments

Curious Case Pits Cannizzaro & Star Prosecutor Against Investigator for Public Defender



Taryn Blume is having her trial delayed until August 15th with several key rulings expected before that date. Blume is a staff investigator for the Orleans Public Defender accused of impersonating an employee of the District Attorney’s Office while working on the defense of Curtis Hawthorne in 2014. She could face two years in prison if convicted.


Capstone

Commencement Schedules for NOLA's Universities



For some portions of the City, this time of year is not Fest Season, but Commencement Season. Caps and gowns have already taken flight at Dillard and SUNO, but Tulane, Loyola, UNO, and Xavier will all be distributing sheepskins in the days ahead. With dozens of events, it’s easy to be confused. NoDef has the full schedules for the local schools below.


Cards on the Table

Louisiana's Leader Give Trump Their Chips



The 24-hour news cycle is quickly turning into a rinse cycle. After Donald Trump ascended the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee, some in the party raced to embrace him. However, other elephants want to wash their hands clean of a candidate with a history of offense, including  misogyny and xenophobia. How does Louisiana stand on The Donald? Click on through.


Sinkhole Seer

2000's "On Hostile Ground" Foreshadowed Infrastructure Drama (Sort Of)



You might not know the name Sharon Y. Cobb, but she is a visionary as far New Orleans is concerned. Cobb predicted the city’s current spate of sinkholes 16 years ago in her oft neglected television masterwork “on Hostile Ground.” The masterwork followed the story of a NOLA technocrat and her battle to stop sinkholes from devouring the Crescent City. Perhaps some of it will sound familiar.


From the Fairgrounds to Churchill Downs

Guide to Louisiana Links at the Kentucky Derby



On Saturday (5.07), 20 horses will make the annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. The Swedish hockey player inspired Nyquist is the bettors’ favorite, but there are plenty of horses with more local ties in the Kentucky Derby. The field includes four colts with strong Louisiana heritage. Click on through for your guide to the contenders with NOLA roots. 


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